Swiss Ambassador opens computer lab in Baqa'a camp

18 October 2011

18 October 2011
Amman

The Swiss Ambassador in Jordan Mrs Andrea Reichlin today opened the newly equipped computer lab and internet café in the women’s programme centre in Baqa’a camp.

“Switzerland sincerely hopes that these tools are strengthening the capacity of the women to engage in future even more effectively in the economic and social domain,” Mrs Reichlin said at the opening ceremony of the lab.

The director of UNRWA operations in Jordan Ms Sandra Mitchell said: “UNRWA presents its deepest appreciation to the former president of Switzerland Ms Doris Leuthard, and to the SDC for the generous donation which will contribute to equipping the Palestine refugees in the camp with the computer skills needed by today’s job seekers.”

President of Switzerland visit to Baqa’a camp in October 2010

In October 2010, the former president of Switzerland Ms Doris Leuthard paid a visit to Baqa’a camp, which hosts more than 100,000 Palestine refugees and is considered the largest in the region.

During the president’s visit to the camp, she confirmed Switzerland‘s dedication to education for Palestine refugees, which resulted in establishing a multipurpose Swiss wing in Baqa’a preparatory school with the contribution of around CHF 1 million.

The President also visited the women’s centre and was impressed with the great work carried out in the field of education and community development.

As a gesture of her support to the centre, the president donated five laptops for the use of the centre and the SDC equipped the computer lab with computers and IT equipments.

Switzerland has been a keen supporter of UNRWA for more than 60 years ago, contributing through SDC CHF 10 million to UNRWA’s General Fund, with the aim of improving the refugees’ living conditions and ensuring their access to basic services.

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For more information please contact:

Ms Anwar Abu-Sakieneh
Acting/Public Information Office
UNRWA/Jordan Field Office
Tel.: 5809136
Mobile: 079/5671888
Email: a.abu-sakieneh@unrwa.org

Ms Bana Sayeh
Communication and Media Officer
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC Swiss Cooperation Office Jordan Swefiyeh, Salah Toqan St 7 P.O. Box 830544, Amman 11183, Jordan
Tel: +962 6 585 60 20
Fax: +962 6 581 59 56
Mobile: +962 776077555
Email: bana.sayeh@sdc.net
http://www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/jordan

Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 56 million.

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